Category Archives: Cheam Park

Slow progress on the Trim Trail

Climbing Frame Cheam Park

The contractors building the Trim Trail in Cheam Rec, appear to be working at a snails pace.

Sutton Council was promised they would only take 10 days to do the work.  They are now on day 11 and have still only put in 4 items of kit.  Officers from Sutton Council are now chasing the contractors to get the work done.

The Council have mad it clear work must be finished by Friday 21st July, in time for the school  holidays.

Put on your Wellies and get muddy!

The trees have now arrived and are ready to be planted in Cheam Park, by the Friends of Cheam Park, but they need your help.

Tree Planting Tractor
Tree planting tractor Cheam park

Today the men were hard at work, digging holes with the tractor, where we want the trees to go.  This will make it much easier on Saturday, when we have to plant the trees.

So now all we need is lots of people power to dig the holes and plant the trees.  We have a mixture of rather large trees and some much smaller saplings.

We will be planting trees in Cheam Park from 10:00 on Saturday 26th November, meeting at Cheam Cafe.  Please come and help us.

Tree Planting in Cheam Park

The Friends of Cheam Park and Sutton Council are planning on planting more trees in Cheam Park.

Please come and join us.  We need all the help we can get!!

This will be on Saturday 26th November, between 10:00 and 1:00.  We will meet at Cheam Park Cafe

We will be planting a mixture of mature trees and small saplings.

Tree Planting Cheam Rec

Cheam Park has been transformed since we started planting trees on it.  The area has become a haven for wildlife and is just beautiful to visit.  Planting close to the wildlife rich Ancient Woodland site of Nonsuch Woods, means we are extending the habitat for the Woodland wildlife.

We all know that in Winter time, there is a great deal of water run off, which comes off the Park and adds to the flooding.  As the mature, the trees will absorb some of the water and airate the soil reducing the amount of run off.

And finally….The UK has only 13% woodland cover, compared with an EU average of 37%.  It is good to know we are going our bit to improve that figure.

Cheam Rec Mowing

Tree Work in Nonsuch Woods

Late September and Early October is when the Foresters spring into action in Nonsuch Woods.  They have a golden month between when the birds have finished nesting and fledglings left the nest and the start of winter, when the ground starts to get seriously boggy and they can not get their vehicles in.

Whilst you will see Foresters at work at other times of the year, both Sutton and Epsom Council manage their woodland on Ecological principles, felling trees which are diseased or unsafe.

Use of The Depot in Cheam Park

Sutton Council has agreed to appoint The Landscape Group (TLG), Council on 1st August as their Preferred Bidder for the ‘Lot 2’ services – ie parks, cemeteries and grounds maintenance.
The next stage of the procurement is to commence discussions in September with TLG regarding the use of all depots and exactly how they intend to deploy staff. These discussions will be completed by mid-November, in advance of contract signing in December 2016.


As part of the tender invitation, bidders were offered a number of sites within each borough to lease, and TLG have confirmed that they wish to lease the depots in Cheam Park, Manor Park and Oaks Park

Sutton Council confirmed that Council employees will continue to work out of the depot until 31 January 2017, after which date their employment will transfer to TLG. Following transfer, the depot will continue to host grounds maintenance and parks teams to deliver services on behalf of the Council.

As these sites are classed as open space,  Sutton Council are required by statute to publically advertise their intention to ‘dispose’ of the properties via leases via a statutory Notice

– please note this does not mean that Sutton Council are selling the sites, it is purely the legal wording required.
Notices will be appearing in the local press in w/c 22nd August and 29th August
Any resident who wishes to make a representation about any of the leases can do so, within a limited timescale, and the Council will give such representations due consideration.
Sutton Council are hoping to complete this process by the end of September, so that leases can then be prepared ready for contractual completion by the end of November 2016.

A Trim Trail in Cheam Rec?

What do people think of the idea of installing a Trim Trail in Cheam Rec?

Trim Trail 4

There is already one in Overton Grange.  It can be used by both aspiring athletes and young people to keep fit and let off steam.

Trim Trail 3

It could run up the centre of the Rec, where there is currently a single line of trees

Cllr Mary Burstow will be proposing the idea at the next South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont Area Committee in September.  She would like to hear your views.

Trim Trail Overton Grange

Cllr Burstow said “Whilst we have plenty of play equipment in Cheam Rec for young children, we have very little for older children and teenagers.  This really needs to be addressed.”

Trim Trail 2

Changes to the Management of Sutton’s Parks

Sutton Council is planning on changing how its parks are maintained.

Rather than manage the parks themselves, they have put out to the contract out to tender .

Tractor in Cheam Rec
Tractor in Cheam Rec

They have awarded Preferred Bidder status to The Landscape Group Limited for the provision of Lot 2 services (parks, grounds maintenance, cemeteries, verges and tree maintenance) for a period of eight years with the option to extend for a two further periods of eight years (twenty four in total) to commence from February 2017

A copy of the report can be found here.  The relevant part, can be found on page 42.  Item 2.2 onwards.

Cheam Park Depot Entrance

At a meeting of Friends of Cheam Park, we learnt that The Landscape Group plan to base themselves at the Depot in Cheam Park and one other site.  Over the summer Sutton Council officers will negotiate with The Landscape Group exactly how the contract will operate.

At the Friends meeting, concern was raised as to parking in Cheam Car Park by staff from the Depot.  It was proposed that if additional parking was needed, officers ask The Landscape Group to use the land at the back of the Depot.  Council officers made it clear, that whilst it was an excellent idea, it was still all subject to negotiation.

Back of Cheam Depot

Local residents expressed concern as to the volume of traffic entering the Depot via Tudor Close and the nature of this traffic.  These comments were taken on board by Sutton Council officers.

At the Friends meeting, it was agreed that if there was any update on these negotiations, they would update residents and councillors at the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont Area Committee on 8th September.

Sutton Council will keep local residents updated through the Cheam Ward Councillors, Tudor Close Residents Association, Friends of Cheam Park, Whats on in Cheam and Nonsuch News.

Maintenance Work Cheam Rec